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Old 07-24-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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Hello everyone! I just bought a 2015 Rockwood HW296. First camper of this size and all the amazing options. Went from a '94 Fleetwood/Coleman Popup so you know the change! I'm pretty excited about getting it out there. Most of my excursions will be "dry" camping but I did also buy a generator. Where my concerns come in really is just taking care of the water tanks...(going in and out) so I don't break anything. Any tips on set up, using, and emptying?
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Old 07-24-2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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First of all, welcome to the site, and congrats on your new pop-up.

You didn't mention any specific concerns, so I will briefly touch on all things water. Your freshwater holding tank is pretty much standard. It has a gravity fill, most likely identical to your previous pop-up. There is also the standard water inlet connector for camping where water is available. What will be new to you will be the holding tanks. There are two 6 gallon tanks plumbed together for the gray water (sink and shower), which outputs to a 1 1/2" pop-up style outlet. If you don't have one already, you will need an adaptor to drain the gray tanks. I use one of these: Drain Connector, 90°, 1-1/2" x 3/4", Carded - Valterra.com | Valterra.com
To drain into a standard sewer connection I also have one of these: Item
These two adaptors allow the use of a standard garden hose.
For the 12 gallon black tank, the usual 3" sewer hose and fittings are used. A black tank in a pop-up presents a cleaning challenge as you cannot access the tank through the toilet if the roof is lowered. Also, since the gray and black do not share a common outlet, you cannot flush the hose with the gray water after the black tank has been dumped. Some people have had good luck using a Flush King or Hydro Flush to back-flush the tank from the outlet side, but you have to be careful as you have no visibility as to how full you have back-filled the tank. I always either camp at a full hook-up site where I can clean the tank before leaving, or dump at the dump station and raise it up when we get home and finish the cleaning.
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:17 AM   #5
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Thanks w4drr! It does help. The old one had no storage tanks at all, not even for fresh water. There was a hose connect but that was direct to the sink. There wasn't much else as the old camper was very basic. Thanks for the adapter tip for the gray tank. It did come with the small adapter from the drain but I wasn't sure how to connect the hose. I will definitely be getting the adapter for the dump end(similar to the black water to dump in the dump station). Great tips and I really appreciate it!
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The old one had no storage tanks at all, not even for fresh water.
I'm a bit surprised it didn't have a freshwater tank. Our previous pop-up, a Coleman Sea Pine, not exactly the most luxurious pop-up out there, had a small freshwater tank and pump, in addition to the "city water" connector. So I guess I could give a couple extra pointers....
The freshwater tank can only be filled via the gravity fill inlet. Hooking up to "city water" will not fill the tank (unless the check valve is faulty). To use the water from the tank, the irritatingly noisy pump must be turned on. It is also a good practice, when using the freshwater tank, to give it a bleach water flush before each trip to get the cooties out. There is a drain valve on the bottom of the tank to drain it, which should also be done when you winterize, though a little water left in the tank doesn't seem to be a problem.
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Great tips! We all hate cooties! Ha. Yeah it definitely didn't have a water tank or pump. The sink basically just had a lever that turned the water on or basically opened the valve. Not hear/AC, or fridge anything. Just a removable stove and sink and a couple of beds. I just moved to a new city recently and am currently in an apartment so I can even pop it up and play with it. I have to wait until the weekend and start tinkering. Brutal!
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Welcome to the forum. Many happy camping trips. We love our hw ( it is the 277 model).

Some other tips as well since you mentioned you previously had no tanks at all,
The water pump is only needed if you are without a water hookup. The pump pulls the water out of the fresh water storage tank. If you have water hookup, the pump and storage tank are not used. You should also use a pressure regulator on the city water inlet connection. Ask dealer about how to sanitize the system.
Fill the water heater by turning on a hot water faucet and bled air until you have a steady stream of water. Then you can turn on the water heater. It will take 6 galleons to fill if you arrive with it empty and you are dry camping, so keep that in mind as it will take water from your storage tank.

Be sure to have the dealer go over all the systems and ask a lot of questions. There are checklists here to help you with what you should ask about.
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Fill the water heater by turning on a hot water faucet and bled air until you have a steady stream of water. Then you can turn on the water heater. It will take 6 galleons to fill if you arrive with it empty and you are dry camping, so keep that in mind as it will take water from your storage tank.

Great thanks! Quick follow up....
If on city water, I would still need to do this process to fill the hot water tank correct?

Also, would it be beneficial to hook up to city water and fill the hot water tank before I go camping? For dry camping this would help salvage the fresh water tank correct? Then I could fill the fresh water when I get to where I'm camping? This would also allow me to travel with just 6 gallons instead of possibly 32 gallons? (Easier on weight). Also I'm assuming with the 26 gallon fresh water and 6 gallon hit water tanks, I can essentially have 32 gallons of fresh water available...( 6 of them being for hot water)
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Yes, on city water use the same process to fill water heater.
Some people keep the water heater full all the time (drain during winterizing), and some drain between trips. Up to you. Draining will prolong the life of the anode rod (if you have a surburban heater). The anode rod is a sacrifice rod, the water will attack that in place of the tank. It needs to be replaced when used up but they are not expensive. Mine current one is on its third year. The water heater is drained by removing that rod btw.....
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